A Tasty Brunch at America’s Oldest Inn

Nothing like a cozy fire in a 300-year-old tavern to make Sunday brunch perfect at America’s oldest Inn, The Beekman Arms (6387 Mill Street, Rhinebeck).  This upstate eatery has been standing, proudly and historically at the center of action in this artsy village for centuries.

The Sunday brunch menu is basic but even simple food well-made is worth noting.  I enjoyed salmon eggs benedict that wasn’t over-laden with Hollandaise sauce and was light and creamy.  The savory home fries were also cooked to perfection.

My friend had the onion soup which she proclaimed the best she’s ever had.  It was a starter for a delicious veggie quiche served with a side salad.

Beekman Arms Brunch

A Bellini was perfectly made and not too sweet while the meal-ending cappuccino was watered down and left a bad taste on an otherwise great day out.

You can dine in the original tavern with its stone floors and walk-in fireplace or in the outer greenhouse and people watch.  It seems especially fitting at a time in our nation’s history to think our founding fathers and this country’s first political dissidents, George Washington, Benedict Arnold and Alexander Hamilton plotted revolution inside its walls.  It gives one pause…and a tasty Sunday brunch for a foodie day outside of the Big Apple.